food safety

Food Safety Tips to Consider When Visiting Farmers Markets

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Health, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Some food safety tips to consider when visiting Farmers Markets.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Farmers markets offer some of the freshest produce and vegetative products you can find, but they also create opportunities to buy locally, and support small farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses. It’s important to keep food safety top of mind when exploring farmers …

mental health

Commissioner Nikki Fried & FDACS Announce New Farmer Mental Health Initiative

Dan Florida, Health

(Tallahassee, FL/Nov. 3, 2021) — Today, on National Stress Awareness Day, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is announcing that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to carry out a new Farm Stress Awareness and Reduction Initiative in Florida. With this grant award, FDACS will launch an outreach campaign to help raise awareness about …


Expanding the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Program

Dan Education, Health, USDA-NIFA

Recent grant awards were made to state agriculture departments in the latest efforts to build upon a network designed to aid ag producers dealing with stress. Brent Elrod, with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), provides examples of state-led projects that were recently awarded grants under NIFA’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. And one of those is …